Pokemon Sun and Moon will not have Gyms / Badges!?

One of the iconic things about Pokemon are the gym battles. Without and badges, trainers wouldn’t be able to participate in the Pokemon league. It looks like Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are getting rid of that tradition.

The screen shot above is the trainer’s game status, which all Pokemon games have before saving and loading their games. The status has the trainer’s name, location, how many Pokemon in their Pokedex, and play time, but no badges.

With gyms gone, how will players become the very best? Previously, “Island Challenges” were introduced.

The official website describes Island Challenges:
One aspect of the unique culture that has developed in the Alola region is the island challenge, an adventurous rite that involves traveling through each of the four islands. This event helps young people grow into fine Pokémon Trainers. As the main character of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, you yourself are destined to attempt this island challenge.

To complete the island challenge, young trial-goers must overcome the trials in store on each of the four islands. These trials are not limited to battling with Pokémon. They take a variety of forms, such as finding items or completing tests of knowledge. You will not be able to accomplish them with ordinary methods!

At the end of each trial, a mighty Pokémon known as a Totem Pokémon will be waiting. A Totem Pokémon is much larger than others of its species, and its body is enveloped in a special aura.

The final trial on each island is called the grand trial. It is a Pokémon battle against the kahuna who leads that island. If a trial-goer succeeds in clearing this grand trial, he or she will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and can move on to the next island.

Most likely gyms have been replaced with these Island Challenges. If this is true, what do you guys think?

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